This paper examines a community constituted by four girls in the 2nd year of high school. Today’s society in Denmark is affected by a performance-oriented mentality which means there is a particular focus on the individual. This focus can often be presumed as contrary to a community but is that the right way to perceive it? Therefore this paper seeks to explore how the four girls position themselves in rela-tion to the performance-oriented culture and how it affects their community.
In order to examine the above mentioned this paper utilizes focus group interview where the girls are asked how they perceive a community, what community means to them, how a community is chal-lenged and what thoughts they have on the performance-oriented culture in regards to how it affects their community. The paper furthermore utilizes two different theoretical approaches. Zygmunt Bauman’s perspective on community is included to understand what type of community the girls constitute. In order to understand how the performance-oriented culture affects the girls the paper also includes Rom Harré, Bronwyn Davies and Luk van Langenhove and their positioning theory to explore how they position themselves in relation to the performance-oriented culture.
The paper concludes that even though the four girls try to distance themselves from the performance-oriented mentality, they are somehow still affected by it. Instead of focusing on achieving good grades, the girls focus are instead on personal development. The reason for the distance and another focus can be understood as a way to avoid measuring up to the high expectations the performance-oriented mentality demands. Finally the paper leads to an understanding that the community of today is not threatened by the individualization but the increasing individualization causes other premises for the community.
|Uddannelser||Psykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||29 maj 2018|
|Vejledere||Christina Naike Runciman|
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